46th Annual VinItaly 2012 and Italy’s Best Wines

If your looking for best wines come and experience the 46th Annual VinItaly 2012 and Italy’s Best Wines. Wherein an event devoted to international wines and spirits, winemaking and wine business. From 25 to 28 March, the 46th installment the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to wines and spirits, VinItaly, will be held in Verona. The annual event is hosted by VeronaFiere, a leading international exhibition authority in Italy. Last year, VinItaly achieved an attendance record of 156,000. Of this number, 48,000 were international visitors who made their way to Verona from more than 110 countries. The top ten rankings saw Germany in first place, followed by the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom, Switze In 2012, organizers are again expecting high numbers of visitors, as well as over 4000 exhibitors in an exhibition space that measures nearly 95,000 square meters. VeronaFiere, with this change, seeks to respond to the expectations of exhibitors and also encourage attendance by professional operators, in particular international figures in the hotels, restaurants and catering channel, who will have more exhibition days for meetings with exhibiting companies.

46th Annual Vinitaly brings in more than 156033 visiting participants, from more than 110 countries. Some of the prime visitors to the show are wine producers, brewing experts, vineyard owners and cultivators, wine tasters and flavoring experts. Qualified trade buyers, business operators, wine dealers and distributors, quality checkers, wine cellar owners and market analysts are also present here. Over 2625 media journalists participate in the event as well, along with other prominent decision makers and industry personnel from this sector. This annual gathering will include four days of major events, meetings, tastings, a series of targeted workshops and an impressive convention program with topics centred on supply and demand in Italy and around the world.

Vinitaly ranks as one of the most eagerly anticipated wine and spirits sector trade events in Italy. The show brings together noted business experts in large numbers on a regular basis and the latest market happenings and updates are closely looked into here. Vinitaly will also retain is major focus on consumers, enthusiasts and wine lovers. The Vinitaly For You and Sol For You events will be expanded with the collaboration of companies, trade associations, the city and local area system and will open as soon as possible prior to the inauguration of the exhibition. Over 156033 visitors participate in the event, with attendees coming in from more than 110 different countries. Interactive business meetings and informative conference sessions are organized during the event, while participants also have the option of learning more about new and profitable business opportunities and strategies here. More than 4164 exhibiting companies take part at the show, displaying a wide range of wines and spirits, including Abruzzo Bianco, Barolo, Botticino and Canavese Nebbiolo. Topical workshops are scheduled during the show as well and the wine tasting sessions that are held here enhance the overall attractions of the show further. A total area of 95000 square meters is covered by this highly popular trade event.

Vinitaly plays host to more than 4164 exhibiting companies, looking to promote a vast range of rich and exotic varieties of wines, spirits and other alcoholic beverages. Vinitaly is the Italian answer to France’s Vinexpo, an event devoted to international wines and spirits, winemaking and wine business. The last edition of Vinitaly, that closed amidst high appreciation by exhibitors for the quality of business contacts, set yet another attendance record for more than 4,000 exhibitors, and 156,000 visitors from 100 countries. Unlike other wine trade shows that are closed to the public, Vinitaly focuses on consumers, oenophiles and wine lovers in addition to offering tastings, workshops and meetings between suppliers, growers and trade operators. Some of the most renowned varieties of wine that are displayed here are Abruzzo Malvasia, Alcamo Grillo, Barbaresco Riserva and Botticino. Furthermore, wines that are showcased during the event as well are Canavese Rosso, Carso Terrano, Franciacorta and Gabiano. Along with a host of other wine types and brands Garda Cabernet, Irpinia Bianco, Lamezia Rosato and Lugana wines are also exhibited at the show.

Here are some of the wines that the expo can bring you to your madness in tasting the wines:

1. Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
Bolla was the very first winery to produce a wine with the name “Amarone” on the label. The word Amarone comes from the Veronese dialect; it means dry. Made only in exceptional years and in the traditional winemaking technique from Roman times, the hand-picked grapes are laid out to dry in barns to add more flavor and complexity to the wine. Amarone is lushly flavored, intensely concentrated and silky-textured. Made from a proprietary blend of partially-dried Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes. It had gorgeous aromas of fig, fennel, and cedar, with flavors of pomegranate and currant.

2. Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2005
The 2005 Flaccianello was carefully selected by Giovanni Manetti. Due to the vagaries of the vintage, he produced only half of what he produced in 2004. This careful selection comes through in the wine, which has a good depth of youthful ruby colour with perfumes of spiced cherry and vanilla. Bags of ripe black cherry and toasty new oak abound on the palate, supported by ripe, rounded, balanced tannins. It is an intense wine, full of character and life with a fine, sustained finish. The 2005 Flacianello is a pretty, perfumed effort. This restrained Flaccianello offers plenty of pure, vibrant fruit intermingled with red cherries, spices, smoke and sweet toasted oak. It possesses superb clarity and depth, with beautifully integrated tannins.

3. Musella Amarone Riserva 2005
Amarone Della Valpolicella to give its full name. Both speciality and delicacy, some would say that this is the jewel in Italy’s wine crown. Overwhelming black cherry notes, this was an exceptional vintage and as such, this is actually quite a reasonable price. There are hints of blackberries, pine nuts even basil in this glass. The wine is extremely diverting and leaves you with the kind of taste you’d perhaps experience on holiday in Europe when tentatively ordering a good wine from the menu to accompany a platter of continental delicacies. This wine almost represents Italian cuisine and it’s absolutely astounding. The colour is a rich burgundy which tapers off in the light to provide an elegant clarity indicating its age. The taste is undoubtedly civilised, warm and fulfilling. Stunning.

4. Brunello Di Montalcio DOCG Biondi Santi – Toscana – Italia
Brunello di Montalcino, alongside Chianti, is arguably the most prestigious of all Italian wines. It certainly perches on the top rung in Tuscany, despite its relatively short history. The wine is made exclusively from Sangiovese grapes grown in Montalcino – a classic Tuscan hilltop village 20 miles (30km) south of Siena. A great nose: pepper, liquorice, cinnamon, clove, strawberry, cherry, plum, fruit in alcohol, violet, underwood, coffee, chocolate and tobacco. This olfactory bouquet is a sort of a nice surprise which really never stops to astonish the wine-taster. The wine enters and wraps around the palate; then the tannin shows its preponderance and cleans the mouth. The gustative aromatic persistence is about 5 seconds.

5. Planeta Plumbago 2008
Intense ruby red with pink hues. Typical of wines produced in the Vittoria area. Fruity, reminiscent of red berries, strawberries, cherries, figs, ginger and fruit drops. Very distinctive, this is the wine that best highlights the characteristics of the terroir. Supple, vibrant and wonderfully fresh, with a long finish. Red fruit with a nice delicate floral note immediately upon opening, leading to a refreshing finish with hints of minerals. A simple and straightforward wine to go with a light meal.

6. Bolgheri Sassicaia 2008
Sassicaia, arguably the most famous wine in all of Italy, is a wine unto itself – literally. One can say that as the wine has its own DOC – Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC – a status that no other wine in Italy has. Produced by Tenuta San Guido at its estate in Bolgheri amidst the famous “avenue of cypresses,” Sassicaia is a wine that has been a true trailblazer. This is the best young Sassicaia in years. It’s the new 1988, which was great, and sometimes better than the legendary 1985. What incredible aromas here with blueberries, spices, licorice, plums. The nose showed cherry and raspberry with sweet herbal tea notes. On the palate, it was perfectly balanced with pure focused fruit and a tense structure that’s keeping this infant of a wine in check. It is lighter on its feet than recent vintages, yet elegant and very pretty.

7. San Calisto Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2006
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a type of wine grape as well as a type of red wine made from these same grapes in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy. The grape is however recommended for 20 of Italy’s 95 provinces. Up to 10% Sangiovese is permitted to be added to the blend. Deep, ruby red in color, San Calisto offers layered aromas of ripe blackberries and crushed black cherries, followed by spicy notes of cassis, leather and dried herbs. Its excellent structure is perfectly complimented by a silky, rich mouthfeel and a long, persistent finish. San Calisto is excellent with sharp cheeses, barbecued ribs, lamb, filet mignon or steak au poivre. This wine should not be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a Tuscan wine made from Sangiovese and other grapes, but not the Montepulciano variety.

8. Cannonau Di Sardegna
In the most outstanding vintage years, Sella & Mosca produces a Riserva version of its Cannonau, made from grapes picked in selected portions of its Cannonau vineyards. Aged three years in oak prior to release, this aristocratic red will sustain a decade or more of aging. Cannonau is most often a fresh, jammy red wine that is quite food-friendly and easy to drink. There is a heavier Riserva style that has been aged for a minimum two years, with six months required in barrel. This wine is serious with a heavy bouquet of herbal, and dark ripe berries and plums. In the mouth it is lively with pepper and hints of spice with lively tannins.

9. Vaona Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Pegrandi 2004
Pehrandi is a vineyard in the heart of the Classic Valpolicella, composed from native grapes Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Cured and affinato in the rest a wine with consisting body is born, very structured and with one strongly personality. Great wine from aging is bound together with red meats and cheeses age to you. Dark tones of black cherry and raisin are immediate and upfront but are soon followed by fresh notes of blackberry, mulberry and almond amaretto. Those pretty almond notes the wine ages 18 months in oak casks help flesh out a soft wine with excellent dimension and long, caressing flavors.

10. Il Bosco Cortona Syrah
Il Bosco is 100% Syrah and is made from grapes harvested in d’Allesandro’s best hillside vineyards near the town of Cortona. These vineyards, planted between 1988 and 1995, have a density of more than 7000 vines per hectare or a mere 700 grams per vine. More or less this is a bottle of the Il Bosco per vine. The low yield per vine is attained through green harvesting from the middle to the end of July. The result is a wine of high concentration and with deep fruity tones of pepper and spice. The particular clones were chosen based on vine performance during their field research in the 1980’s in the hamlet of Manzano.

11. Amorino Casauria Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
Colour: deep ruby red, with violet notes. The aroma are concentrated, spicy liquorice, aromas of small forests fruits, with light hints of pepper, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is very structured to the palate, full bodied and rich, with harmonious and elegant tannins. Long after taste finish, intense and persistent, with notes of preserved fruits and spices.

Others are: Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, Elba Aleatico Passito, Montecucco Sangiovese, Morellino di Scansano, and many more.

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